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. in his first book, "drown" and in "the brief wondrous life of oscar wao" -- the novel that won him the pulitzer prize, diaz writes in short, vivid strokes of realspeak. his recent collection of short stories, "this is how you lose her," was a finalist for the national book award. diaz, the novelist, once considered becoming an historian and to this day he summons his creative gifts by looking to his own past. he was born in the dominican republic, part of that caribbean island with a split personality, in what he calls a "super gangster neighborhood" and came of age among the "super poor" in new jersey. along the way, he developed a literary curiosity that pivots from dystopian visions of science fiction to the 19th century classic novel, "moby dick." in captain ahab's whaling crew, men of every race are thrown together in pursuit of the elusive and the mythical. diaz sees in this a parable of america then and now. he teaches creative writing at m.i.t. and recently received a prestigious macarthur fellowship, the well-known and coveted "genius grant." junot diaz, welcome. >> oh, th
. along the way, he earned two oscar nominations. one was for his role as the corrupt governor in "the best little whorehouse in texas" in 1982. i and in "tootsie," he played the9 unwitting suitor of dustin hoffman, who was posing as a female soap opera star. charles durning was 89 years old. those are some of the day's major stories. a now, back to gwen. >> ifill: we turn to politics and part two of our look at upcoming elections.>g last night, i talked with newshour political editor christina bellantoni and shira toeplitz of roll call about hot senate contests. tonight, we continue our conversation. m welcome.o let's talk some more politics. i want to start with illinoise where jesse jackson, jr. whol just resigned his house seat has left a wide open political fight in his wake. >> there will be a specialbe election to fill his house seat which is the second district onr the south side of chicago. just about 10 blocks or so fromu president obama's home.ag this is a very geographically diverse district. it includes the urban parts of the south side of chicago, sub urban parts.ry and r
Search Results 0 to 5 of about 6 (some duplicates have been removed)